Jayant Kripalani is a prominent Indian stage, film and television actor. He is also a renowned writer, filmmaker and trainer. He received his degree in English Literature at Jadavpur University. His father runs a laundry business in Calcutta.
His career started as a theatre actor and this happened during the 70 were when he accompanied his friend, who was supposed to play as Hamlet in a play, and the director asked him to read the play. Though he was hesitant to do it at first, he read the lines and went to a pub for a drink. The director came to him and told him that he is the one fitted for the role. That’s when he got his first acting role.
Hamlet became the turning point in his career as it was followed by The Merchant of Venice, Sleuth, The Dumb Waiter and many more. At first, Jayant’s family was not very supportive of his decision to work in theatres. His father never came to watch him on his plays, and they hardly talk to each other, which lasted for a year. Until his mother made a deal to his father to watch one of his plays and since then, he came to his entire play.
In the late 70’s, he has been into documentary filmmaking and advertising, from where he met Gulan, his wife, who’s working as an advertising professional. In the year 1982, he was offered to do an ad after he was spotted in one of his plays. He has done an ad for Vicks, which runs for 15 years. This was followed by some ads by Limca, which runs until the 80’s.
Subsequently, television happened to him. He was best remembered in television series Mr Ya Mrs. He also acted as the husband of
Neena Gupta in Khandan and played as Rajnath Mathur in his last television series,
Ji Mantriji. He quit working in television and took a hiatus. He went to the US with his wife and when he returned to India, he was offered to do a summer theatre camp for the Sitlakhet children in the Himalayas. Later, he started a program called Beats Work, where the employees of
Walt Disney India were made to play percussion. Jayant entered the film industry through Shyam Benegal’s Hindi film, Arohan in 1982. He acted in the romantic drama film, Heat and Dust in 1983 and Manohar Singh-starrer Party in 1984.
He was also seen in movies like Trikal, Susman, Pehla Nasha and Rockford. Jayant also acted in the Bollywood films, Chupke Se in 2003 and Alag in 2006. He was remembered for his role as Genelia D’Souza’s father in the blockbuster hit film, Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na in 2008 and then, he played a supporting role in Arjun Bali’s Ru Ba Ru in the same year.
Jayant played as an interviewer in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots in 2009 and this year, he acted in the biographical film, Hawaaizaada. He penned the script for the original television series,
Ghar Jamai, which was aired on Doordarshan channel. Jayant also wrote and produced a miniseries entitled PC Aur Mausi. The actor together with some friends is now running a company called Exper, which aims to establish leadership and organisational strategies for many businesses. They also launched Catalyst India, who intends to make entertaining shows and workshops for corporate’s activities. It is being supported by Google and Walt Disney.